Unfortunately, the Suns and Bledsoe weren’t able to agree on a contract extension prior to the October 31st deadline, meaning the former Kentucky Wildcat will end the season as a restricted free agent.
That status will allow the Suns to match any offer Bledsoe receives in free agency, though, it make take a bank vault to keep Bledsoe in the Valley of the Sun despite the fact that general manager Ryan McDonough feels confident in keeping Bledsoe long-term:
“I feel very confident that he’s going to be a Sun long-term,” he told Burns and Gambo Wednesday. “We negotiated with Eric and his agents. I think the contract situation was handled very professionally on both ends.”
As we’ve seen, teams in the past have been willing to overspend in restricted free agency though last year, under the new CBA teams were much more hesitant to put forth a big contract. Either way, Bledsoe, stands to get paid handsomely at season end.